PRINCETON, N.J. – ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna announced on Thursday that effective immediately Rod Pasma has been promoted to Vice President of Hockey Operations. McKenna also announced that Bryan Graham’s title has been changed to Vice President and Director of Officiating.
Pasma has been Director of Hockey Operations for the past two seasons, responsible for overseeing team rosters, transactions, player contracts, immigration and the playing schedule while also serving as the league contact with the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. He will continue to oversee the hockey operations department, and will add the responsibility of discipline related to hockey matters, including player fines and suspensions.
Pasma was the director of compliance for the Central Hockey League in 2001-02 and was responsible for league discipline, salary cap and player transactions. He was Officiating Coordinator with the National Hockey League during the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons, handling many aspects of the officiating department including scouting, supervision and evaluation of American Hockey League officials and the assignment of minor league officials and trainees.
Selected in the second round (30th overall) by the Washington Capitals in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, the defenseman played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League and three seasons at Laurentian University. Pasma, who received his economics degree from Laurentian, played one professional season with the Louisiana IceGators in 1995-96.
Began in 1988 with five teams in three states, the ECHL welcomed nine new markets in 2003-04 and played with 31 teams in 17 states across five time zones. In 2004-05, the league will play with 30 teams in 17 states and one Canadian province as it welcomes the Victoria Salmon Kings, who become first ECHL team outside of the United States, playing in Victoria, British Columbia. Beginning on October 22 and concluding on April 9, 2005, each of the teams will play a 72-game schedule comprised of 36 home and 36 road games. The Premier “AA” Hockey League, the ECHL had affiliation agreements with 21 of the 30 teams in the NHL and 21 of the 28 teams in the AHL in 2003-04.